[ yuhkh-ee, yuhk-ee ]
/ ˈyʌx i, ˈyʌk i /
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adjective, yuch·i·er, yuch·i·est.Slang.
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Origin of yuchy

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What does yuchy mean?

Yuchy is a much less common spelling of yucky, which is a very informal adjective meaning gross, disgusting, or unappetizing.

It’s based on yuck (less commonly spelled yuch), which is an informal word you say when you think something is gross or disgusting. Yuck is an interjection, which is a term used to express an emotion or indicate how you feel about something, typically outside of a sentence.

Yuchy is primarily used to describe foods that you think are particularly disgusting or unappetizing. It can be used upon actually tasting something or simply upon looking at it, smelling, or maybe even feeling it—you could describe a food as yuchy if it feels slimy, for example.

Yuchy is also sometimes used to describe other things considered disgusting, such as something filthy or unpleasant weather, as in The humidity is making it really yuchy outside. It can also mean just plain bad, as in My day was yuchy. 

Yuchy is associated with its use by children and is often thought of as a childish word. (While yuck is often used by children, especially those refusing to eat their vegetables, it’s commonly used in many ways that don’t sound childish.)

The word yummy can be thought of as the opposite of yuchy, especially in response to food. It’s based on yum, an interjection used to indicate that you think something is delicious or looks appetizing (yum is often thought of as the opposite of yuck). Like yuchy, yummy can also be used in contexts other than food, such as to express that something is appealing.

Example: I’d rather eat my own socks than have even one bite of that yuchy broccoli.

Where does yuchy come from?

Yuchy is an adjective form of the interjection yuch. The first written records of the more common terms yuck and yucky come from around the 1960s, but expressions that sound like yuck have certainly been used for much longer. Expressive words like yuck (and ew, which is first recorded around the same time) are formed in imitation of the sounds people make in reaction to things. The suffix -y is used to make yuchy an adjective.

Yuchy is most commonly used to describe foods considered disgusting, but it can be used in all kinds of contexts. You could say you’re feeling yuchy when you have a bad cold. You could use it to describe something filthy, like the inside of a dumpster, or something really gross, like the smell of someone’s burp (I know—yuchy!). Yuchy can also be used in other less traditional ways, such as to describe something as extremely unappealing, as in I have to spend the whole weekend doing this yuchy homework.

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What are some other forms related to yuchy?

  • yucky (primary spelling)
  • yukky (rare alternate spelling)
  • yuchier (comparative adjective)
  • yuchiest (superlative adjective)
  • yuch (interjection, adjective)

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How is yuchy used in real life?

Yuchy is very informal and often considered childish. It’s typically used to describe foods as disgusting. The spelling yucky is much more commonly used.



Try using yuchy!

Is yuchy used correctly in the following sentence?

I’m feeling yuchy today so I’m going to take a sick day.